John Basedow: Children should be getting a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but with addictions to TV, video games and the internet getting your kids to exercise is more of a challenge than ever. Try encouraging one or all of the following fun activities to help them get fit.
Consider signing you're child up for a sport or a class. Let them chose the activity so it doesn't feel like a punishment, dance classes, martial arts, sports leagues and school teams are available for all ages and boost teamwork skills as well as improve fitness.
Exergaming is ideal for the dedicated game or kids who avoid the outdoors. Dance games, fitness challenges and sports games that get kids moving are great, but benefits will depend on their intensity.
Most of the games have a fitness mode that tracks calories burned and gamers can share these stats with friends online. For visuals kids, give them a pedometer to keep track of those steps, challenge siblings or there friends to walk the most steps in a week. Some pedometers even post directly to social media to make the challenge go global.
If your child is reluctant to exercise alone, work out with them or find a buddy their own age to keep exercise social and engaging. Kids need companionship just as much as adults do and having someone to exercise with will be something they look forward to not a soul activity to drain.
Preventing child with obesity and helping children who are already over weight is an important social challenge for parents especially now-a-days. By taking an active part in your kid's physical fitness, you can foster a lifelong positive attitude for being fit.